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5-seater cars for families of fiveBack

If you’ve got three children, you may face the common problem of which car to buy to accommodate them all. Take a look below at Trusted Dealers’ choice of 6 five-seater cars suitable for accommodating three child car seats in the back.

Many parents with three kids opt for an MPV – there are plenty of excellent MPVs on the market such as the Ford S-Max, the Renault Grand Scenic or the Peugeot 5008 which all offer seven seats, and space across the rear for 3 child car seats.

But if you’re not keen on an MPV or a seven-seater car – what options are out there? The answer is, very few. Most cars are kitted up with 2 Isofix seating points in the rear, and do not offer a wide enough bench to accommodate three car seats across the back – unless you opt for a backless booster seat in the middle which is not recommended by manufacturers as they fail to offer the same side impact protection as full-back seats

Despite the limited choice, we’ve listed below a small selection of 5-seater cars that will fit three car seats safely across the back, however, it does depend on the brand of car seat being used so we’d highly recommend you test out the vehicle first to ensure that it does take your three child car seats.

SkodaSuperbEstateSkoda Superb Estate

The Skoda Superb Estate is an excellent car, providing a vast amount of space for families of five and their luggage, all at an affordable price. Its comfortable to drive too, and the cabin quality is high. There’s plenty of forward-facing space on the second row which makes access for installation of three car seats much easier. Depending on the seat, you should find there is enough room for three seats to easily fit across the rear bench, although it’s worth noting that only 2 Isofix mounting points are supplied.

VauxhallInsigniaVauxhall Insignia

The Vauxhall Insignia is one of only two estate cars that offers 3 Isofix points in the rear, the Peugeot 308 SW is the other car mentioned in further detail below. The Insignia is a stylish car sporting a classy and spacious cabin, but reviews suggest its better suited to a maximum occupancy of 4. Reports have suggested that squeezing three car seats into the rear is a tricky process, but if you’re looking for a car that’s cheap to buy and own and offers good performance too, you might be persuaded – but remember to try out the seating arrangement BEFORE you buy!

280313 Audi A6Audi A6 Saloon

The Audi A6 is a luxurious saloon that offers great value for money and an incredibly spacious interior. Its well equipped and you’ll find the engines are efficient and economical too. You’ll not wish for anymore space in the front or rear, there’s already vast amounts of head and legroom and the cabin exudes an airy look and feel. The boot holds more luggage space than rivals such as the BMW 5-series and the rear seats are split-fold for added practicality. It comes with 2 Isofix points in the rear – a further one can be added to the front seat if required.

Volvo XC60Volvo XC60

The Volvo XC60 is he only large SUV we’ve featured in this article, it’s also one of the safest cars on the road thanks to Volvo’s excellent safety record. The cabin is spacious, versatile and appealing and the XC60 performs well on motorways too, which makes it an ideal choice for family trips. The rear bench is vast and should offer plenty of room for 3 car seats, however, only two of the seats can be Isofix mounted. The high seating position is great for kids and tall adults alike, and the 495 litre boot is large enough to swallow up luggage for a family of five.

VauxhallAstraVauxall Astra

In Which guide’s latest tests, the Vauxhall Astra came up as one of the cars capable of carrying three full size booster seats with backrests on the second row. For a medium family car, it offers plenty of space inside and a classy cabin. It’s also a great car to drive with good refinement and handling to boot. The boot is understandably smaller than larger estate cars, but if you simply need a car to kart three children about town in, the Astra may well be the one to go for.

Peugeot308SWPeugeot 308 SW

The Peugeot 308 SW is the only other five-seat estate car we’ve listed that offers three isofix seat mountings across the back seats, making it one of the most suitable cars for this category. It may not be the most obvious choice in a crowded market, but it is certainly one of the most practical cars available for the low price you’ll pay, and it has a fantastically spacious boot. Add a high quality interior and a range of economical engines to its appeal and it becomes a very attractive buy to parents of three kids.

Posted by Leana Kell on 25/03/2015